Agriculture and Natural Resources, Institute of (IANR)


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Delivered Oct. 10, 2001 for The Land Grant University Movement and IANR: Animal Science Seminar Series.


"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking we were at when we created them."

That quote, attributed to Albert Einstein, epitomizes for me the importance of land grant universities in the 21 st century, and whenever I hear someone say that land grants are obsolete - which, occasionally, I do hear - I want to pull that quote out and say "here - read this." When all the problems in the world have been solved, then - and only then - will land grant universities be obsolete. Maybe. I'm not really willing to commit to the idea that the day of obsolete land grants ever will come, but if all the problems in the world are one day solved, then maybe - maybe - I'd consider it.

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